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This work started as a post on the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook page but was likely to run out of room before long. Links will work here if copied into your search bar.

To maintain my improved health, I have decided to cease further research except when it is specially requested.

The glossary, mainly STORYTELLING, mentions only what I have been able to add, with extensive documentation here and on family tree circles, to Peninsula history published by others. This will be my last extensive post but will continue until my memory fails, with documentation only provided in exceptional circumstances such as correction of published history and the name of the commissioner of trade and custom mentioned by Robert Rowley who approved expenditure for the construction of the Canterbury Jetty (for his own benefit.)

ANDERSON, Robert Murray. Murray River paddle-steamer captain, born near the mouth of the Murray River, this being the reason for his second given name. He was a close friend and supporter of Clement John De Garis, developer of The Heart of Rosebud Estate at Rosebud, between Adams Avenue and Jetty Rd. Naming Murray Anderson Rd after him was the least that De Garis could do to thank the Mildura pioneer for lending him heaps of money and writing a glowing infomercial extolling the potential of the developer's failed estate in Western Australia. (See DE GARIS.)

BEACHDALE. Where the heck was that?
In 1912, Carrum farmer, John McComb leased the Hindhope Estate, the northern half of c/a 14 Wannaeue between First Avenue and Boneo Rd, from the beach road south to 50 First Avenue and Hope St blocks. In 1913 his name was crossed out and replaced by that of Arthur A.Thomas, a developer after whom Thomas St was named, but this time John was described as a Seaford farmer. Thomas had probably been asked to name the first street on the estate after John by the previous owners, Greg and Nora Rigg but the surveyor named the south border of block A , the one which fronts today's Rosebud Plaza, as McCombe St.

The area south of Seaford Rd was variously called Frankston or Carrum up to 1913 when a progress association was formed and decided to name the area BEACHDALE (much like pioneers west of Rosebud who formed a foreshore committee in 1926 decided to call that area Eastbourne.) However a station was built at Beachdale soon after and a poll of residents favoured Seaford for its name so the progress association amended its name a few months after its original decision, at the time that the occupancy of Hindhope at Rosebud was amended in the Flinders and Kangerong ratebook (with John McComb now described as a SEAFORD farmer and then being replaced by Thomas as the person to be rated.)
The suburb's name could not be more historical significant because Long Island was used by early travellers to avoid the Carrum swamp until reaching the site of Frankston's Mile Bridge where a ford near the sea was crossed, often up to their necks as in the case of William Thomas.

During my first visit to the Nepean Historical Society museum about a decade ago, I picked up a pamphlet about Blairgowrie which stated that it was named after the house of that name (formerly Villa Maria) and that the area's first name was Canterbury, but that was actually its second name.

Jack Ritchie's excellent history of Blairgowrie can ironically be most readily found by googling BLAIRGOWIRE. This will appear:
Showing results for blairgowrie
Search instead for blairgowire-
if you click on the latter, Jack's history will be the first result.

The original name for the area, Manners-Sutton, was coined by Sidney Smith Crispo to honour the Governor and his wife. Crispo established a private village of that name in the late 1860's and when Sir John Manners Sutton became Viscount Canterbury, Crispo renamed his village as Canterbury. There was no coastal road near the village, probably because of a steep rise near White Cliff; this ended at Rye and those travelling west from Rye had to use Melbourne Road. To provide access for potential buyers, Crispo built a boat jetty near the beach access track 400 metres west of Canterbury Rd shown in the top left corner of Melway 167H2.(probably similar to Walter and Charlie Burnham's much later jetty near Boneo Rd, an Arthur Boyd painting of which can be seen in ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD.)

The Village of Sorrento was only six months old when Crispo placed this advertisement.
From Frankston to
Schnapper Point,
Dromana, Tootgarook, Point Nepean,
Manners Sutton,
Schanck, Queenscliff,
Hastings, Flinders, and Sandy Point, for
Phillip Island.
County of Mornington, see to it. Thousands
of the people of Melbourne would doubtless
avail themselves of a railway to visit the sea coast
towns and places; but before again bringing the
subject under the notice of the Hobson's Bay and
Brighton Railway directors, it would be well to get a
list of the names of persons in the county of Morning-
ton who are likely to travel by the new line and if
the names and addresses are sent to
S. S. Crispo, Esq., Twynstead Cottage, Forster
street, Botanical-gardens, St. Kilda, he will attend to
this business. (P.4, Argus, 14-6-1870.)

BRYAN'S CUTTING. Just as Venice might have been been confused with Venus at Mornington, Sheila Skidmore called Bryan's Cutting O'BRIEN CUTTING when discussing the three cuttings connecting Boundary Rd Dromana with Red Hill and parts west over Arthurs Seat. Colin McLear thought that John Bryan's real name was Bryan Watson. After Mary Ann Adams moved from The Willow on the Survey at the start of the 1860's, John Bryan replaced her but when Susan Peatey, midwife,, delivered two of his children on 3-2- 1867 and 27-10-1869, the parents were named as Margaret and Peter Watson.

Peter had become insolvent before the second of these two births.
Peter Watson, commonly known as John Bryan, of Dromana, laborer. Causes of insolvency: losses on contracts and want of employment. Liabilities, £33 19s 9d ; assets, £I6_10s; deficiency, £47 9s 9. (P.3, The Herald, 6-8-1869.)

It is possible that he had created the cutting before he moved onto The Willow by dragging logs down the hill through the Town Common between Robert Caldwell's Dromana Hill and William Grace's Gracefield. The start of the cutting was today's Hillview Quarry Rd, continued along a fire access track shown in Melway 159 J10, H11. Melbourne Brindle was well aware of John Bryan's hut on the mountain and the cutting which he labelled TO BRYAN'S HUT on his pre-1919 map of Dromana. Peter's debt was possibly the rent on The Willow.

By October 1895, Peter Watson had done well enough to purchase c/a's 25 A and 24C, section B Wannaeue, about 172 acres near the summit between Purves and Main Creek Rds. He'd possibly bought these blocks to harvest their timber.

CAMPBELL, Archibald Colin, Mornington.
Mornington Peninsula Shire's digitisation officer until recently, Murray Adams, undertook a massive project to provide information after whom reserves in the shire were named. A.C.Campbell was the first reserve discussed.
Murray wrote:
A.C. Campbell Reserve, Seaton Rd, Mornington
Archibald Colin Campbell was a Mornington Shire Councillor in the South Riding from 1948-51, and again from 1966-71. He represented Mt Martha Riding from 1955-1966.
He lost his seat to Charles Wilson in 1951. He was reportedly not at all happy because he was on holiday in Central Australia with several mates and C.B. Wilson beat him in his absence. He made a comeback in Mt Martha in 1955, but he transferred to South Riding again after a redistribution, and he beat C.B. Wilson in 1966.He was Mornington Shire President in 1957, and again in 1965.
When the Shire sold off the former market and sale yards near the Tanti Hotel in 1966, Colin Campbell, who had established a B.P. oil depot there some time earlier, bought Lot 1. Lot 6 was sold to the Hotel and they used it for car parking.
He opened the Beleura Hill Pre-school Centre, Mornington as Shire President in 1966.

I posted the link to Murray's NAMING OF THE RESERVES article on the PIONEERS OF THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA Facebook page and Richard Baker posted a comment that he believed that A.C. Campbell was a former policeman. He was right.

Paste the links into your search bar to access the articles, both of which were published in 1946.
Mornington was represented in the State Swimming Championship by Douglas Campbell, son of Senior-constable A. C. Campbell, of Mornington.

Senior Constable A. C. Campbell has acquired the well-known business of Mornington Cafe, owned by Mrs. Ryan, who has retired from business. Senior Constable Campbell officially retires on 22nd April, after over 22 years of service in the Police Force. He has been stationed in many parts of the State-firstly at the Police Depot. From there his duties have confined him to Sea
Lake, Swan Hill, Benambra, Lakes Entrance, Cann River, Foster, and in the last two years at Mornington.

He is a former president of the Police Association, and is at present president of the Mornington Athletic Association and Football Club. He is also a member of the Australian Jersey Herd Society and is owner of Yanakie Jersey Stud, Foster.

CANTERBURY. See Blairgowrie.
1. Rosalind Peatey used the places of birth of George and Susan Peatey's children to trace their whereabouts after arrival. Edward Norman was born in Tarraville, Gippsland in 1855 and John Henry was born in Melbourne in April 1857. In my notes, I speculated this might have been in Melbourne's Canvas Town but it seemed to have been closed down by then.

2. "In 1880 William Froggart Walker, who was the Commissioner for Customs in Melbourne, went into partnership with Wischer and it was after Walker that Walkerville was named."
The above information will be relevant to Robert Rowley's letter of about the same time regarding the Rye Pier being neglected while money had been allocated by the minister of customs and trade to a limeburners' pier at Canterbury for his own benefit. The letter will appear in the RYE PIER entry, as it, as well as the notification of John Campbell's successful tender for the construction of the Rye Pier in December 1866 prove that it was not built in 1860 as claimed.

It is stated in LIME LAND LEISURE that the proprietors of this Canvas Town were Walker and Youll. It was situated on the corner of Tasman Avenue and Canterbury Jetty Rd. The Kiln would have been on the west corner where a timber wall braces the base of a hill which would allowed top loading and bottom extraction as illustrated by the replica lime kiln at White Hill near Rye. Canvas Town itself is shown on the east corner; this would be where the quarriers, knappers, burners and carriers lived. Knappers broke the limestone into small pieces so it would be more efficiently burned.
The lime was carried north along what became Canterbury Jetty Rd to the sandbanks where it was loaded onto propped up lime craft which arrived and departed at high tide. A pier would make the loading much easier. No doubt Owen Cain of Tyrone would have appreciated the limeburners' pier being built at the north west corner of Tyrone!

CRIPPS, William.
Patti Newton's ancestor.
From Warner Bros.

Feb 27, 2017, 9:50 AM
to me
Hi Ray,
I’m Helen who has been emailing you from Family Tree circles. As you can see by my email, I’m a researcher from the program ‘Who Do You Think You Are’. I’m just doing some initial research for a possible story link and William Cripps comes up.
I’d love to see the rates record, and any other document you may have found. I’m based in Sydney so popping into the SLV isn’t quite so easy.
I would also appreciate it if you keep it quiet that we’re looking into the area!
Thanks again for your help,
(Ancestry charges so Dromana Historical Society received $100 from Warner Bros. when I suggested a donation might be fitting.)

CRISPO Sidney Smith. See also Blairgowrie.
I had written quite some detail about Sidney's ideas and the Victorian Coastal Survey but lost this because I clicked outside the edit box. I just now did an unsuccessful google search for the Victorian Coastal Survey because I wasn't sure about the time it was established and ended but my luck changed when I added Sidney Smith Crispo. The Erbs family which could be described as newbies has already made a significant contribution to the Rye Historical Society.

As well as publishing all of Sidney's letters to newspaper and extensive information about the Victorian coastal survey (which a google search failed to reveal as I mentioned above), this lengthy work has maps showing Crispo's grants and his boat jetty mentioned in the BLAIRGOWRIE entry.

I still tended to make wild assumptions when I wrote my journal in 2011, about a year after starting my Peninsula research. Sidney Smith Crispo did not arrive on the same survey ship as Edward Williams.

DE GARIS C.J. Developer of the Heart of Rosebud Estate.

There were three cutting hearing south, uphill from Boundary Rd, Dromana to the heights of Arthurs Seat, Bryan's cutting starting near Hillview Quarry Rd, Simon's cutting probably starting at Hillview Community Reserve opposite the present Boundary Rd shops and Eaton's cutting at Melway 160 E.10. The first two were created by the person after whom they were named: Bryan, alias Peter Watson was a woodgetter and travelled through the Dromana town common to and from the Arthurs Seat summit while Henry Bernard Simon bought from the Crown two parcels of land in Melway 160 A 9,10 and 171J10 to 190 A1 and created a track travelling from one to the other. Eaton's cutting was so named because it ended at Watson Eaton's 150 acre selection, c/a 7B of section 3, Kangerong, fronting Arthurs Seat Rd and roughly indicated by Melway 190 C-E 1.

The Kangerong parish map shows two tracks, the one not far west of Eatons Cutting Rd as shown on Melway having many zig-zags and ending at the north boundary of Eaton's 150 acre selection. This would not have been suitable as a route between the Red Hill area and Dromana for two reasons. If continued to Arthurs Seat Rd it would have divided the 150 acres into parcels of roughly 100 and 50 acres making the selection far less useful and secondly, the twists and turns would have hampered logging drays and perhaps been exceedingly dangerous for carriages. The shire had obviously decided to construct the road as shown on Melway so it would avoid as many bends as possible and end at the eastern boundary of Watson's selection.
That would mean buying 2916 x 20 links of the selection or 29.16 x 1 chains (almost 3 acres plus curves in Melway 190 E1 and E2 with the inside of each curve, which I estimate as a further 10 acres) being hacked off the selection and requiring compensation. The players in this drama were Rebecca Griffiths, Watson Eaton's executrix, and Cr John Calvin Griffith, her son.

From Mrs. R. Griffith, re arrears due for purchase of land required for road deviation purposes at Eaton's cutting. This letter was read at last meeting, and the secretary who was requested to look over the books, read an extract from the minutes of the council under date, 2th October 1890, from which it appeared that it was agreed to accept the offer of the late Mr. Eaton, which was that if not more than 5 acres be taken £10 would be accepted as full payment--on reference to a minute under date, October 1887, it was found that £16 13s 7d had been paid to Mrs.Griffith, and that 6 acres 2 roods 16 perches had been taken. Cr. Griffith said Mrs. Griffith had been paid for 5 acres at the rate of £3 per acre, leaving a balance unplaced for 1 acre 2 roods 16 perches. The President-5 acres had been offered for £10 ; therefore (for) the 1 acre 2 roods 16 perches, £5 13s 7d had been paid which was more than £9 per acre. Cr. Griffith, the late Mr.Eaton may have agreed to accept £10 for the 5 acres, but Mrs Griffith had been no party of this offer. The delay was very vexatious. It was decided to again postpone the matter, the secretary in the meantime to ascertain if there were any documents in existence in which the offer was made. (P.2, Mornington Standard, 7-12-1893.)

Abraham Griffith from Philadelphia and Watson Eaton were reputed to have come from the same part of America together but Griffith researchers have found no evidence of this or of Abraham being the captain of a whaler. Check Abraham's biography in Victoria and Its Metropolis. Colin McLear claimed on page 35 of A DREAMTIME OF DROMANA that Alexander Sutherland had reported (in Victoria and Its Metropolis) that Abraham had arrived in 1854.It's actually Jonah Griffith's biography on P.394 which I did not transcribe. DO IT!!!
Watson Eaton's brother Benjamin Franklin Eaton was supposed to have farmed on Jamieson's Special Survey with Watson and Abraham and his wife Rebecca for some time but IT IS POSSIBLE that Benjamin and Watson Eaton had gone to the diggings and first met Abraham and his wife there. There is no record of Benjamin Frankin Eaton being near Dromana until about 1890; he was probably at the diggings for over three decades being very prominent at Creswick as a race owner and providing the town's water supply.

LOVIE, John.
A surname not easy to forget. Grantee of much of the land that comprised the Tootgarook swamp, as can be seen on the Wannaeue parish map*.
*The link provided by Janilye in a comment under my journal no longer works so use this one.

At the time I wrote the journal in 2015, I was not aware of Victorian BDM. The birth records of the children of John and Susan give an indication of where they might have been living, depending on the availability of registrars and medical help if needed.
1863 Collingwood; 1865, 1866 Ballarat; 1867, 1868 Snapper Point;
1870, 1872 Tootgarook ; 1875, 1877, 1879, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1887 Collingwood.

MANNERS SUTTON. See Blairgowrie.

MANTON'S CREEK RUN. This was the eastern portion of the parish of Flinders, the western part being John and Edward Barker's Cape Schanck run. The only information gleaned from local histories was that Manton was only in that area when his other properties were affected by drought. A newspaper account* of a huge battle between Goulburn and Yarra Yarra aborigines revealed that Manton actually had a given name, Charles*.
A pitched battle between the Upper
and Lower Goulburn blacks on the one side, and
the Yarra Yarra and Barrabool blacks on the
other, was fought on Thursday last, in
Mr. Ryrie's suburban allotment on the outskirts
of Collingwood. The fight continued, without
intermission for several hours, and several of the
combatants were wounded, four severely, without
any attempt being made on the part of the autho-
rities to put a stop to the affray. Ultimately a
reconciliation was effected through the interven-
tion of the townsfolk and all traces of hostilities
were drowned in a jollification terminating after
nightfall in a corroboree. The wounded war-
riors were removed to the hospital, where they
still remain in considerable danger. The cause of
the quarrel, we understand, was the atrocious
murder of a young Goulburn black, by some of
the Yarra Yarra tribe, at Mr. Charles Manton's
station, near Western Port*
, some months since.
(P.3, The Melbourne Weekly Courier, 10-2-1844.

*This could have meant the Manton's Creek run or another station near Tooradin mentioned in the Manton family article.

His given name enabled me to find this Port Phillip Pioneers article about the Manton family. (Paste this into your search bar to get the article.)

The Boonwurrung word for some feature of Mantons Creek was Merimendiewokewoke. Henry Tuck must have told his children about this word some time after he settled on the run in 1846 but such a long word must have been difficult to recall decades later and led to this mistake in the Flinders Wikipedia article.
"Flinders was once believed to have previously been known as Mendi-Moke, but this has subsequently been denied.[3]"
(3. Flinders, Victoria, Australia, was never called Mendi-Moke familytreecircles Retrieved 30 January 2021.)

MURRAY ANDERSON RD, ROSEBUD. This was an early subdivisional road in crown allotment 18 Wannaeue between Adams Avenue and Jetty Rd. This 152 acre block had been subdivided by Charles Blakey circa 1871 when Jack Jones bought the 2 acre lot 86; he built a tiny store on the Jetty Rd corner in 1884-5. The remaining land became a 150 acre farm bought from the Blakey executors in 1874 by Robert White who died in 1881 and ownership passed to his son, Blooming Bob White. There is later detail of the farm's ownership in the HENRY POTTON'S FARM chapter of Peter Wilson's ON THE ROAD TO ROSEBUD. De Garis, a developer, created the HEART OF ROSEBUD ESTATE and under a plan of the estate, Peter Wilson wondered who Murray Anderson was. I had no luck in solving the puzzle circa 2010 but when one of our members asked about the origin of the road's name, I correctly assumed that De Garis and Mildura might lead to the answer. Robert Murray Anderson was born near the mouth of the Murray and became a prominent river boat captain and Mildura pioneer. Have fun scrolling down to my post on this page where the documentation of my greatest discovery is provided, but not this article which outlines the tumultuous career of De Garis, ending in suicide.
EXTRACT. Captain Robert Murray Anderson, the Mildura Scot, and his wlfe, who had already lent the Mildura laddie a few thousands, lent him more.

NAXOS. Sidney Smith Crispo initially gave this strange name to his grant "Eastbourne" (crown allotments 52 and 44 Wannaeue) at Rosebud West. The farm fronted Eastbourne Rd from a line indicated by the northern part of the east boundary of Village Glen west to Elizabeth Avenue, extending south to Hiscock Rd (a road which was reserved from Jetty Rd to Truemans Rd through the Tootgarook swamp and sensibly never constructed.) The Crispos originated in Venice and comprised a dynasty which ruled over a group of islands near Greece which the Venetians had colonised.

RYE PIER. It has been often claimed that John Campbell built the first pier at Rye in 1860 but the announcement of his successful tender in December 1866 and Robert Rowley's letter in 1887 stating that the pier had been built 20 years before prove conclusively that John finished his contact in 1867.

Article - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957)Wednesday 5 December 1866 - Page 6
... ; constructing jetty at Rye, £550, John Campbell

P. 15, THE AGE, 25-6-1867.
Sir,— Forty-five years ago I helped to ship
lime from Tootgarook, near Rye, and also
wattle bark; and since then vast quantities of
lime, wood and bark have been shipped; and this
has continued to the present day. Over 20 years
since application was made to the Government
for a jetty, and after some delay it was com
menced, and from time to time added to ; but
now, after 20 years, the jetty remains unfi-
nished, so that the Sorrento steamers object to
call on account of the danger of making fast
in its unfinished state. Considering the vast
benefit the inhabitants of Melbourne have
derived from the lime shipped at Rye, the lime-
burners consider they have been most unfairly
treated in time past, and it has been like draw-
ing blood out of a stone to get the Govern-
ment to carry on this important work.
A contract is now being carried out,
but it will not complete the jetty. When the
Commissioner of Trade and Customs was down
here he would not promise to have it com-
pleted, and the poverty of funds is pleaded for
its non-completion, and yet he has proposed a
jetty at Canterbury, where he ships lime. The
Rye people consider they have been shamefully
treated, and hold that before Canterbury jetty
is commenced Rye jetty should be finished.
Should the poverty of the Government
be so great that this work cannot at once be
completed, it is proposed by a gentleman to
solicit subscriptions from the other Australian
colonies towards this work, and he intends
applying to the various Governments. I think
it would be as well not to make the colony the
laughing stock of the other colonies, and there-
fore trust you will use your powerful interest to
get a vote for Rye jetty.— Yours. &c..
Rye, 18th Jun. R. ROWLEY.

SIMON'S CUTTING. This was the middle one of the three cuttings which climbed southwards from Boundary Rd, Dromana, namely, from the west: Bryan's, Simon's and Eaton's. I have not seen any reference to where it was but it stands to reason that it would have left Boundary Rd opposite the present Boundary Rd shops, in the Hillview Community Reserve. Colin McLear referred to the man who created the cutting as Simon the Belgian but some called him a Frenchman. Rate records reveal that he was Henry Bernard Simon and trove reveals that he was indeed a Belgian.

H.B.Simon bought c/a's 3A and 3B of section 3 Kangerong from the crown,a total of about 68 acres which extended halfway to the LINE OF Pindara Rd continued as the southern boundary of Robert Caldwell's Dromana Hill (the quarry boundary in Melway 158JK 12) to the blue line in Melway190 A1, The 82 acres purchased by George McLear, c/a 3, section 3 Kangerong, continued south to the line described.

Between the aforesaid line and Arthurs Seat Rd which bends to the south east from the south west corner of the quarry at 159 J 12 were crown allotments 6A, 6 and 6B of section 3 Kangerong, all granted to H.B.Simon, which extended east to a point opposite the present Main Creek Rd corner where the east boundary of Arthurs Seat Park is shown in Melway A 1 and part A 2.

Seaforth Vineyard occupies part of c/a 6 whose west boundary at 190 A1 adjoins a path marked OT dam 1 km. The dam is at 160 B 12. I once walked from the car park to the Arthurs Seat summit (via the OT dam which came as a great surprise) and I reckon that I was walking in the footsteps of Henry Bernard Simon.

The Belgian's homestead, 230 yards (210 metres or ten and a half chains) from Boundary Rd would have been where the word RESERVE is written in Hillview Community Reserve and the walking path at the top of 160 A 10 might have been the start of Simon's Cutting.
VENICE PARK OR VENUS PARK. See the first entry under WILSON.


WELLS. Henry Cadby Wells was a Frankston pioneer but was living in the Sorrento area by 1841 when his daughter was born, having arrived to burn lime with Robert Rowley. When the 1843 depression stopped demand for lime he returned to Melbourne and resumed his bootmaking trade that provided the means to buy a boat circa 1849 and partner Robert Robert Rowley in a new venture, crayfishing, which was lucrative but short-lived when the boat came down on its anchor in Westernport due to tidal variation and was holed. Henry also leased Thomas Smith's "Nyora" (now the Ranelagh Estate) for a few years from 1859. Steve Johnson, a Wells Kelly descendant, contacted itellya on 15-12-2011, informing me that Decimus and Richard Wells were born at "Nyora" in 1861 and 1864 and later referred me to:

The Irish White family was among the earliest pioneers of the Sorrento area. Pam Colvin is a descendant of this family. Pam was convinced that Robert White, renting a hut from the Cairns brothers at Boneo and grantee of c/a 11, Rosebud Fishing Village, was a person with that name in her family tree, and so was I until a family tree circles member called toolaroo contacted itellya. He was a descendant of the Scottish White family. I put them in touch with each other to sort this out.
Most of these entries in Don Jordan's index for LIME LAND LEISURE would be relevant.
White brothers (lime burners) 54, 57, 149
kilns and huts on McDonald’s Nepean map xvi
White, George (brother of Richard and Robert), as
pastoral pioneer and lime burner 157
White George (carrier)
buys William’s butcher shop for residence 158*
marries Nellie Dark 115
works as carrier at Butchers Hill 115
White, Georgiana (daughter of Richard), marries
Mr Meaden 157
White, Gregor W., as deputy shire secretary (1976)
White, Richard (brother of George and Robert)
as lime burner and supplier 157
marries Eliza Taylor 157
White, Robert (brother of George and Richard)
as pastoral pioneer and lime burner 157
boundaries of pastoral run (1848) 70
*Don Jordan has done an extraordinary job sorting out Ned Williams' story because it was hidden in the WHITE story on page 158; I was wondering whom Edward White was!
William, Edward (lime burner and contractor)
builds “Yardee” and “Eastbourne” 158
marries and has family 157
opens butcher shop at Sorrento 43
sinks wells in Queensland with others 158
William, Edward Jnr (butcher at Sorrento) 158

William, Edward (lime burner and contractor)
builds “Yardee” and “Eastbourne” 158
marries and has family 157
opens butcher shop at Sorrento 43
sinks wells in Queensland with others 158
William, Edward Jnr (butcher at Sorrento) 158

James and Laurence White, Balnarring.

Robert White (1804-1881), a shoemaker, son of Henry White and Margaret nee Cairns, from Menstrie in Scotland, and his youngest children Janet, born 1839, Ann, born 1842, and Blooming Bob White, born 1849, came to Victoria aboard the JOHN LINN, leaving Liverpool on 28-2-1859 and arriving at Melbourne on 25-6-1859. Ann married Henry Bucher and Janet who married Charles James was referred to by Isobel Moresby as Granny James.

Whites Rd at Melway 171 G-K 4 was named after Janet White's son Bullocky Bob White, who was raised as Robert James and under that name was granted c/a 27 A1 of 160 acres 1 rood and 39 perches at Melway 190A-C 7,8 on 6-4-1897. He married Mary Hannah Roberts who was unrelated to Rosebud's early postmaster, John Roberts, rather Christopher Roberts an early grantee near Roberts Rd at Melway 255 B1.

Through the Hillis connection Robert White's offspring were related to many Red Hill pioneering families which is why Stephen Lynch (toolaroo) named his book PENINSULA PIONEERS.
I wrote this journal in 2013, just after the identity of Blooming Bob White had been confirmed.

There were many pioneers with this surname near Mornington and Arthurs Seat. There were probably more near Sorrento and Portsea but I have not extensively researched that area.
1. I believe that Wilson Rd, Mornington is named after Professor W. P. Wilson and that Venice Park should actually be Venus Park. His feat would have passed into the area's folklore by word of mouth and the park was probably not named until the Wolfdene estate was subdivided by which time the enthusiastic astronomer had been forgotten.

And five more.


There is no proof that Dr Bartley's mother, Elizabeth nee Revell was related to Harold Revell who retired to Blairgowrie (not far from Rosebud), but that would be a possibility to explore. Links have not been formatted, as there are so many of them, but articles can be accessed by pasting them into your search bar.

I'd assumed that DOON was the name of a boat when I saw this caption under a photo on page 317 of Suzanne Spunner's LIME IN THE BLOOD: "317. Rosebud foreshore where "Doon" was."
Doon was a house near the Rosebud foreshore formerly owned by a doctor.
BARTLEY Joseph Francis, Death
mother: Elizabeth nee REVELL, father: BARTLEY John
places of birth and death: BENDIGO, MALVERN
89, 1953, 13710/1953

Although his birth and death occurred in Victoria, an application for probate of his will in 1954 indicates that he had been living at 54 Park Terrace, Parkside Adelaide, possibly his son Jack's address, shortly before his death.

Dr Bartley had come to Rosebud some time before the start of 1928* when his daughter Mollie, formerly of Broken Hill, now staying with her father at Doon, Rosebud, was off to the Malay states.
*He was living at Rosebud at least a year earlier.

Why would Dr Bartley have chosen the Peninsula for his retirement? Perhaps for the same reason as Harold Revell who might have been related to his mother.
(Source: Steve Watson, who is not related to the pioneering fishermen.)
This street is named after Harold Revell, who moved to the area in his retirement in 1948. When he was a young man, Harold lived in Poowong and was delivering mail on horseback for his parents who were running the post office there in 1903. Later the family moved to Port Fairy where his mother was the Mayor and Harold worked, until his retirement, as an accountant. The Watson family lived in the area and supplied Harold’s daughter, Ilo Beth, with a husband and Steve was their child. Upon his retirement, Harold moved to Northcote where he served for some years as President of the V.F.A. club, Northcote, at whose ground the champion aboriginal footballer, Doug Nicholls, was the secretary and administrator; he was later knighted and became Governor of South Australia.
Steve Watson recalls rabbiting along St Johns Wood Rd during his holidays on Harold’s property. Harold bought a 1948 M.G. saloon at about the time he settled in Blairgowrie. Its registration number was PF1948 and Harold used to say that PF stood for Port Fairy. He had a mongrel dog called Tiger that would move into the driver’s seat as soon as Harold got out of the car. He was a regular at the Rye and Koonya hotels and Dorothy Houghton, who ran the latter, claimed that the dog used to drive him home.

Dr. J. F. Bartley, of Rosebud, who died in a Melbourne private hospital last night, aged 89, was chief medical officer at Broken Hill for many years and was well known to members of the 1st AIF as medical officer on transports between Australia and Egypt.
A keen turf patron. Dr.Bartley was several times president of Broken Hill Jockey Club, and raced horses successfully also in Adelaide and Melbourne.
He was a member of Melbourne Cricket Club since 1890.
After Requiem Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral at 10 a.m. tomorrow, he will be burled In Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton.
Dr. Bartley is survived by his wife, a son. Mr Jack Bartley. of Adelaide, and a daughter. Mrs C. A. Ryan, of Molo, Kenya.
(P.5, The Herald, 3-12-1953.)

OBITUARY OF THE DOCTOR'S MOTHER. She and her husband were early teachers.
How had I never absorbed the fact that Dr.Bartley and his mother in law had presented a flag to Rosebud State School in 1915? Molly, the doctor's only daughter, had danced a Highland Fling at the Patriotic Concert at about the same time.


FITZGERALD Eleanor Mary, Birth
mother: Margaret nee JEVERS (ievers), father: Edmund Puis (pius)
place of birth: CARL, 1876, 21484/1876

The names of the winners are: Terry Ryan, "Doon." Rosebud, who recently arrived in Australia from Kenya Colony, East Africa (home of lions);


Extract, Mrs. Ryan has brought her sons, Thaddeus and Terence, to leave them at a boarding school in Melbourne..
Kind Kenya Hostess.

Page 318, LIME IN THE BLOOD, Suzanne Spunner.
As a child during the 1950's Ian ( Ian Gray, the author's husband) spent his summer holidays at Rosebud staying in his grandfather's house on the foreshore close to the jetty. The house, the former doctor's residence, was of dark oiled weatherboard, shrouded in even darker Cypress trees, and appropriately , Ian thought, called 'Doon'.

And here comes a possible connection between the SPUNNER and BARTLEY stories. Suzanne and Ian's son is a DOCTOR at Geelong and told me at the LIME IN THE BLOOD book launch today that one of his colleagues is DR BARTLEY. Another person at the launch, who is going to contact me, has some Bartley information written by a Catholic priest living in New South Wales; all of Dr Bartley's brothers were Catholic priests-Rev. J. C. Bartley, O.F.M. (Sydney), the. Rev. P. S. Bartley, S.M.(New Zealand), the Rev. Gerald
Bartley (New South Wales) as in the doctor's mother's obituary above- and Gerald would very likely be the author of that information.



The Cape Schanck run was cut in three;
The western part being called Burrabong
After the creek in Fingal flowing south
Into Bushrangers Bay, just west of Main Creek's mouth.
Robert Anderson had managed the run for Barker
Where the waves broke with a noise like thunder
On the cliffs along the cape.
Such humble employment he's soon escape
And build Barragunda
Overlooking Bass Strait water,
Having married his new boss's daughter.

I remember an article about a son of Robert Anderson enlisting straight from Geelong Grammar /College but I can't find it.
Godfrey, son of Robert and Edith Mary, nee Howitt was born on 24-1-1869 at 198 Collins street east* but the birth was obviously registered at South Melbourne.
His full name was Godfrey Howitt Anderson and he married Margaret Maude Howitt (youngest daughter of Alfred W.
Howitt, Heanor, East Malvern) on 15-11-1898 but died aged only 33 on 18-5-1902 at "Eastwood", Bairnsdale.
(Edith, their first daughter was born in 1867, Dromana given as the place of birth. On 20-3-1897 she married Stephen P. Thompson , lawyer of Beechworth).
Robert Gray Anderson, the second son was born at Caulfield in 1873. He was married to Edith Margaret Tuthill on 4-5-1904.
Another son was born at Domain Rd, Sth Yarra on 21-1-1875 according to a birth notice but no name was provided.
Ethel Rose, their third daughter, was born in 1877 and on 3-3-1906 married William Egerton Bailey who'd grown up in Ballarat.
Frank Young Anderson was born in 1878. SEE END.

ANDERSON—KING.—On the 12th inst., by the Rev. Mr.
Murdock, West Melbourne, Robert Anderson, of
Barragunda, Cape Schanck, to Isabel Newton King,
daughter of Henry Newton King, Loma Loma,
Fiji. (P.1, Argus, 26-3-1887.)
A "Robert Anderson, Cape Schanck" trove search had failed to find his death notice in 1923 because Cape was digitised as {ape (now corrected), but the death notice of a daughter of the second marriage was found.
ANDERSON.—On the 19th September at Toorak Court, Robert Anderson, late of Barragunda, Cape Schanck, aged 88. (Private interment at Flinders.)
OXLADE.—On the 16th March, Isobel Newton, the dearly loved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson, late of Cape Schanck.
She was born in 1890, the birth (reg. no. 18065 / 1890) being registered at Tootgarook (Rye). Her first given name was recorded as Isabel, the same as her mother's, but as Isobel on her marriage record.
ANDERSON Isobel Newton, Marriage, OXLADE, Benj Harry
1914, 11027/1914

The wedding report mentions the bride's brother and sister (Mrs W.E.Bailey) but they were probably children of the first marriage, Frank certainly was. The sister was Ethel Rose, born 1877 as above.

Frank Young Anderson was born in 1878.
ANDERSON Frank Young, Birth
mother: Edith Mary nee HOWET(Howitt)
father: Robert
place of birth registration):TO OT(Rye)
1878, 19641/1878


This journal is written out of respect to the original inhabitants of the area, the Boon Wurrung, and those such as Carolyn Briggs and Auntie Faye who are striving to reconstruct the Boon Wurrung language.

Today I was looking online for a parish of Flinders map and as happened several years ago did not find one, (the reason I had to go to the P.R.O.V. to obtain my paper map.) Instead I found several business websites and articles about Flinders, claiming that Flinders was originally called MENDI-MOKE. I turned to Wikipedia as they demand citations for information provided. The article contained the same claim (almost certainly the source for every other one) but no source was named. I tried a Trove search for mendi-moke and found not one result in any category.

There are plenty of creeks near Flinders, as shown by my paper map, but the only one whose name gives any credence to mendi-moke (or a variation) is Manton's Creek which discharges at Melway 262 G 2, about a mile north of Flinders Township, its western tributaries being named by Melway as Cotton Tree and Musk Creeks. On my paper map the tributaries are unnamed and the creek originating at the top of Melway190 E10 and named Mantons Creek south of Shands Rd (255F1) is named Mantons or MERRIMENDIEWOKEWOKE Creek.

All the painstaking work that people such as Auntie Faye and Carolyne are doing to revive the Boon Wurrung language will be for nought if two versions of the language are allowed to develop and nonsense such as YAWA= SWIM and FLINDERS WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED MENDI-MOKE become accepted as fact.

It is possible that the Flinders area was described by the Boon Wurrung as MERRIMENDIEWOKEWOKE. It will be wonderful if we eventually find its meaning.



Something strange had happened to TROVE, the main source for my research. I could only read articles one line at a time, needing to scroll down to the next line each time, and I could not correct the digitisation (about Langwarrin, John Cain's death in 1920 etc.) Such frustration had brought me to the conclusion that I was wasting my time. However, Eric Rundle (of Bulla and Balnarring) had been a loose end since I wrote my SHIRE OF FLINDERS journal, and I decided to have one last try before giving up my quest of 32 years to acknowledge our pioneers. It was not until I found a photo, with caption, of Eric Rundle (of "Glenara", Bulla) and Keith Campbell of "Willowbank" (north of Kenny St, Westmeadows, now the Alanbrae Estate), and could not view the photo and caption at the same time that I noticed that my mischievous cursor (completely without my permission) had changed the zoom in my search bar to 170%!

RUNDLE Herbt Eric, Birth
mother: Helena Jeans nee ANDERSON, father: Herbt Booth
place of birth:BRUNSWICK, 1916, 27239/1916

RUNDLE, Herbert Eric, Death
mother: Helena Jeana nee ANDERSON
father: RUNDLE Herbert Booth
places of birth and death: Melbourne, Parkville
66, 1983, 20825/1983

No Victorian BDM marriage record has been found.

Eric Raymond Rundle apparently came to Victoria from New South Wales and died interstate, as there is no Victorian BDM record of his birth, marriage or death. This Eric was living in Melbourne's eastern suburbs by 1936 when Herbert Eric Rundle made his name as a cyclist, winning the Colac road race while a resident of Essendon. Herb became a lawyer and later devised a constitution for the peak Australian cycling body at about the same time that Eric Raymond Rundle was settling at Balnarring and becoming a member of the Country Party for which he unsuccessfully contested the seat of Mornington.

It was in D.F.Cameron-Kennedy's THE OAKLAND HUNT, written in 1988 (the year I became a local historian) to celebrate the club's centenary, that I discovered that Eric (Herbert Eric) had become the Master but passed away before the history was written. (I visited his widow at Glenara as part of my research.)

Some Documentation of the above.

RUNDLE Eric Raymond 1946-54.
POSTSCRIPT 9-4-2020. Eric Raymond Rundle was not the owner of Glenara, although it seemed possible when I wrote the journal, because the Rundle family would not have occupied Glenara until after the majority of the property had been purchased for the jetport circa 1960 and as indicated by the acquisitions map (which should now be in the Hume Global Learning Centre library at Broadmeadows), not from the Rundles. If I remember correctly, A.Lord* had owned Glenara at that time.
POSTSCRIPT,16-11-2020. My memory was correct. See the first item in this article.

However if I had not theorised that Cr. Rundle had moved to Tullamarine, I would not now be adding this Postscript. Therefore I will not delete the speculation because theories are necessary to get anywhere in an investigation.

The owner of Glenara was Herbert Eric Rundle (not Rundie as in this obituary,found miraculously in a Google search for Eric Rundle, Glenara, despite the spelling mistake.

Herbert Eric Rundie
The Friends of the La Trobe Library note with great regret the death on 16 June, 1983, of Herbert Eric Rundie, who had served continuously as their honorary solicitor since the Friends' formation in 1966. He had drawn up the original constitution of the Friends and from time to time provided advice on its revision. He also generously and promptly helped the Committee in all of its legal problems. Eric Rundie was also the Honorary Legal Officer of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and had served on its Council since 1962. One of his particular interests was the preservation of legal records.
Mr. Rundie was the owner of “Glenara” estate at Bulla, a district which owes much to his historical researches. But besides his professional and scholarly interests, he was a dashing and successful horseman. In the equestrian field his many offices included the Vice-Presidency of the Equestrian Federation of Australia and the Mastership of the Oak-lands Hunt Club. It was while leading the field that he suffered the injuries which led to his death.
The Friends extend their sympathy to Mr. Rundle's family and records with gratitude his many years of service.
THE LATROBE JOURNAL, No 32 December 1983

Eric Rundle owned "Glenara" of about 1030 acres at Melway 177 C-H 10-12 roughly. He was the Master of Hounds of the Oakland Hunt and died as a result of falling from a horse. His widow retained the property for about half a century after his death. See THE OAKLANDS HUNT by D.F.Cameron-Kennedy.

HUNTING.Oaklands Hounds.Among those riding were J Attwood, K Campbell, J Gallagher,D.Ryan,F Chapman M Macrae, L. Dowling, H.H.Daniel jun., G. Hutt, and Master E. Rundle. (P.12, Argus, 14-7-1932.) The Attwoods owned Dundonald at Melway 5 H1 but sold the southern 200 acres for the remount which is now Victoria Police property.Keith Campbell owned Willowbank, Melway 6 A5, which became the Alanbrae Estate on which I managed to get streets named after pioneers:Lavars, McKay, Chadwick, Johnson, Corrigan, Mitchell, Gilmore and a farm, "Chandos" between Bamford Ave and the creek. McRae would have been a descendant of Farquhar who organised the first run in 1888 and was probably in St Albans. The Daniel family of Narbonne (177 K4)was heavily involved in the hunt for ages and two of the men became Bulla Shire Secretaries. Gil Hutt also died prematurely as the result of a riding accident.

RUNDLE.-On tho 24th April 1934 at Jessie Mcpherson Community Hospital to Mr and Mrs Eric R Rundle-a daughter.

(P.1, Argus, 26-9-1934.) There is no proof yet of a link between the Eric of Glenara and Eric Raymond of Milton Park but for a long time there was no proof that Percy Hurren, storekeeper and postmaster at Moorooduc in 1950 was the farmer on Dalkeith at Tullamarine who attended his first Tullamarine Progress Association meeting in 1951.

MUTTON AND LAMB SUPPLIES ADEQUATE. LAMBS-THIS SEASON : E R Rundle Merricks 19/ (P.2, Argus, 20-8-1941.)
Hector Waldron's parents came to Balnarring in 1925 and bought "Milton Park" on the corner of Warawee Rd and Stanleys Rd.Many years later, Hector's father sold most of Milton Park to Mr Dane who grazed stud sheep on it and still later he sold the rest, containing the house and outbuildings, to Mr Eric* Rundle.
*Eric Raymond

LEGGATT, William Watt, Herbert st. Mornington, barrister (Lib).
MASLEN, Bertram James. Somerville,orchardist (Lab).
RUNDLE, Eric Raymond, Balnarring,farmer (CP).
Mr Kirton (CP) did not seek re-election.
(P.7, Argus, 25-10-1947, 148 STATE ELECTION CANDIDATES.)

Photos of Eric, Keith Campbell and Harry Daniel(1st), and Keith and Eric (2nd), at "Sherwood", (Melway 178 C6) in 1954.

N.B. As mentioned in my journal, both Eric and Gill Hutt died after falls from horses. The land near Tullamarine becomes rock-hard in the summer when falls, inevitable in hunting, would most likely result in death so other forms of recreation were enjoyed in the hotter months. Melbourne City councillor, Edward Campbell, bought Pier Cottage (c/a's 11 and 12, Rosebud, now occupied by the Banksia Point cafe/ apartment complex) and his family spent the summers there. The cottage was destroyed by fire* and replaced by the double storey dwelling which was demolished to make room for the complex.
The family spent much time fishing in the Peatey boat and there is a photo of Edward, young Keith etc. in the late Rosalind Peatey's PINE TREES AND BOX THORNS. Edward's daughter, Nancy, taught many children to swim near the Rosebud Jetty.

Eric was born at Brunswick and was fortunate that Alexander Sutherland had founded Carlton College not far away. Sutherland had been the owner of Heronswood at Dromana in between Professor Hearn and Judge Higgins. He suggested Piawola as the name for the mansion that Nelson Rudduck built just east of the Dromana Methodist Church. His VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS:PAST AND PRESENT (1888) provides details about many of Victoria's pioneers. In 1904, the prize for Bookkeeping, Writing, and Dictation was won by Eric Rundle.
The HEALING was a popular brand of bicycle and sponsored the Healing Peninsula tour. The amended route for the race in 1935 may have been the course over which Eric raced in 1937.
The complete route will now be from Oakleigh to Dandenong. Frankston, Mornington, Somerville, Cranbourne, Tooradin,
Koo-wee-rup. Pakenham and returning on the Prince's Highway to the starting point.
Eric's fall near the end of the Healing tour in 1937 was by no meaning his last (which was from a hunter) or his first. It probably occurred between Dandenong and Oakleigh.
A few miles from the finish, Eric Rundle, who won the Colac to Melbourne race last year, was involved in a nasty smash. After being treated for abrasions to face and arms he was allowed to go home.

Colac Race Winner Hit By Car
Eric Rundle, 19-year-old law clerk, who won the 92-mile Colac-Melbourne on Saturday, was knocked from his bicycle by a motor-car today while he was riding to work. He was not seriously hurt.
Rundle was riding near the Haymarket* with Eddie Waterford (holder of the Adelaide- Melbourne cycling record) at the time of the collision. He sustained only minor abrasions, and although his machine was slightly damaged he was able to ride on to his office.
(P.1, The Herald, 26-10-1936.)

* The haymarket, replaced by the Dental Hospital, was bounded by Flemington Rd, Royal Pde and Grattan St (Melway 2B, B8.) It was a miracle to get around the roundabout without a major scare in the 1960's and the problem has only intensified.
'Roundabout of death' gets $100,000 to plan a safety upgrade …

One Win For Victoria
In the Australian road championships in Tasmania on Saturday, Webb won the senior title and Freeney the junior, but the greatest winner there was Victorian barrister Eric Rundle, who successfully presented to the ACAA a redrafted constitution.
Some delegates to this committee meeting were openly hostile at the projected constitution amendments and it looked as though Rundle wouldn't be permitted to table his draft.
However, after the initial tension. Rundle got his way, read the re-drafted constitution and eventually had all State delegates satisfied that, in this particular case, Victoria wasn't trying to "cook up" something to suit itself. Rundle's quiet, unassuming manner and obvious sincerity won the day. He was a good bike rider too, as he won the Colac in 1936. (P.16, Sporting Globe, 30-8-1950.)

The Equestrian Federation of Australia is delighted that, during the recent FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) General Assembly in Tokyo, Michael Trenerry was appointed to the FEI's Finance Committee.
Mr Treneijy a past president of the EFA and currently its treasurer, is the first person to hold an FEI office since the late Eric Rundle was the Group VIII representative on the FEI Bureau.

He was obviously in Balnarring before 1946 when he was elected as a Flinders Shire councillor. In 1933 and 1934, his wife had given birth to two children in Melbourne's eastern suburbs but there are no Victorian BDM birth records to ascertain his wife's name.

By 1947, Cr Kirton, a Mornington Shire councillor and the sitting member for Mornington had decided to retire from parliament. He did everything in his power to help Eric to become his successor.

Cr Kirton* had been elected as a United Australia Party candidate in 1932 but retained the seat despite his defection to the Country Party in 1939. This was probably because of his personal popularity which became obvious to me a few years ago when I was helping the author of the Mornington Bowls Club centenary history with research. Eric would have been unknown to most of the electorate and another factor that may have contributed to his lack of success may have been the reduced proportion of electors making their living off the land.

*- Alfred James Kirton (14 April 1877 – 20 April 1960) was an Australian politician.
He was born in Ballarat to bookmaker Emanuel Kirton and Jane Milburn. He left school at the age of twelve to work for a draper, and from the age of fifteen worked in a Melbourne warehouse. Around 1901 he married Edith Augusta Pope, with whom he had two daughters; he would remarry in 1911, to Alice Emily Rouvray, with whom he had a further three children. He ran a bakery in Brunswick from 1913 until 1921, when he retired to Mornington. He served on Mornington Shire Council from 1926 to 1952 and was twice president (1927–28, 1947–48). In 1932 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the United Australia Party member for Mornington. He defected to the Country Party in 1939, and served until his retirement in 1947. His brother Joseph also served in the Assembly. Kirton died in Mornington in 1960.[1]

William Leggatt, who convincingly defeated Eric, had moved to Mornington in 1926 and was a hero of both world wars. Eric had no hope!

This information from the above* indicates that (despite no death notice for Eric Raymond being found) the bride and groom who married in 1889** were the parents of Eric Raymond Rundle who was born in Waverley, Sydney (where the bride was a resident. It is also likely that Eric Rundle, in the 1915 photo**** of those attending a tennis day at Government House, Darwin, in 1915 to raise funds for Red Cross was Eric Raymond who would have been about 25 years old at the time. Sydney H. Rundle, a pioneer of Beechworth, was his paternal grandfather, father of Henry(the bridegroom in 1889)and brother of Charles Rundle***, chemist of Wangaratta, or maybe his son (who has appeared previously in my research, possibly in connection with the Dromana area and so long ago that I had forgotten about it.)
* Eric Raymond Rundle
Birth 1890
Waverley, Waverley Council, New South Wales, Australia
Death 1995 (aged 104–105)
Victoria, Australia
Beechworth Cemetery
Beechworth, Indigo Shire, Victoria, Australia
Memorial ID 133246682 · View Source

RUNDLE—STEVENS.—On October 10th,at St. Mary's, Waverley, by the Rev.Robert McKeown, Henry Alfred George Rundle, of Port Darwin, to Mary Edney Stevens, of Waverley,Sydney. No cards.
(P.2, The North Australian and Northern Territory Gazette, 1-11-1889.)

EXTRACTS. brother of Mr. Sydney H: Rundle, of Beechworth.
Mr. Charles Alfred Bundle was a son of the late Henry Bundle, collector of Inland Revenue,Waterford, Ireland. He was born at Kilkenny, Ireland, in the year 1836, and was educated at Totterness for the position of chemist, and came out to this colony in 1857. He remained a few months in Melbourne, afterwards taking a position as assistant to Mr. W. Witt,chemist, of Beechworth.

(His wife and his son Arthur were also qualified chemists.



I have just spent four hours trying to find the announcement of the tender being awarded because I had been looking in 1867. If published history,whether family or local, contains an error which can be demonstrated, it degrades the value of every other piece of information within, unless the rotten fruit is removed from the basket.
Contracts Accepted-
John Campbell, constructing jetty at Rye, L5.'0*; (P.4, The Herald, 5-12-1866.)
* 550 pounds, as in The Age and The Argus.

POSTSCRIPT 19-6-2021.
Sir,— Forty-five years ago I helped to ship
lime from Tootgarook, near Rye, and also
wattle bark; and since then vast quantities of
lime, wood and bark have been shipped; and this
has continued to the present day. Over 20 years
application was made to the Government
for a jetty, and after some delay it was com-
menced, and from time to time added to ; but
now, after 20 years, the jetty remains unfi-
nished, so that the Sorrento steamers object to
call on account of the danger of making fast
in its unfinished state. Considering the vast
benefit the inhabitants of Melbourne have
derived from the lime shipped at Rye, the lime-
burners consider they have been most unfairly
treated in time past, and it has been like draw-
ing blood out of a stone to get the Govern-
ment to carry on this important work.
A contract is now being carried out,
but it will not complete the jetty. When the
Commissioner of Trade and Customs was down
here he would not promise to have it com-
pleted, and the poverty of funds is pleaded for
its non-completion, and yet he has proposed a
jetty at Canterbury, where he ships lime. The
Rye people consider they have been shamefully
treated, and hold that before Canterbury jetty
is commenced Rye jetty should be finished.
Should the poverty of the Government
be so great that this work cannot at once be
completed, it is proposed by a gentleman to
solicit subscriptions from the other Australian
colonies towards this work, and he intends
applying to the various Governments. I think
it would be as well not to make the colony the
laughing stock of the other colonies, and there-
fore trust you will use your powerful interest to
get a vote for Rye jetty.— Yours. &c..
Rye, 18th Jun. R. ROWLEY.
(P.15, The Age, 25-6-1887.)


It is with the deepest regret that I have to chronicle the death of Mr. William Patterson, the late manager for five years of the Mornington Gasworks. The sad event took place at the Homaepathic Hospital, Melbourne, on Saturday morning last, 11th May, after an extremely critical operation for tumor on the brain, which was performed on Friday afternoon at 4 oclock.
The deceased who never rallied was unconscious to the last, and died at 7 o'clock on Saturday morning. The sad intelligence was made known here shortly after, and an expression of sympathy and regret was heard on all sides. The deceased, who was 37 years of age. had won the esteem and respect of all who knew him by his generous upright and genial disposition. The body was conveyed from Melbourne to Mornington by the 1.10 p.m. train, the cortege leaving the Mornington Railway Station at 3.30 for the Moorooduc Cemetery, and was largely attended by friends wishing to pay a last respect. As the body was being taken from the train to the hearse many beautiful and tastefully arranged floral tributes ,consisting of wreaths., ? and crosses were placed on the coffin, an eloquent and beautiful token of esteem and regret. The deceased was interred in the Church of England portion of the cemetery, the Rev.B. N. White conducting the service. Messrs. Apps and Co. had charge of the funeral arrangements in Melbourne and Messrs. Edwards Bros. in Mornington. The deceased had no relatives in Australia, and the sad news will be sent to his relatives in England.
(P.3, Mornington Standard, 16-5-1895.)
PATTERSON. — On the 11th May, at the Homoeopathic Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, after an operation, William Henry Patterson, late manager, Mornington Gasworks, aged 39 years.
(P.17, Weekly Times, 18-5-1895.)

Melb S H Hosp, 37, 1895, 6480/1895




I'd seen Dr Camm mentioned often by those he'd treated when they were children but it was not until I was researching the Spanish Flu, that it seemed possible that he'd been one of Australia's most mobile doctors before settling at Sorrento. What makes it hard to be certain is that his first given name was rarely mentioned in reference to him, this being the only time in connection with Sorrento.


Proper Serum Was Not Available

Early in January, when Harry Glendore Hewett, 26, Cotton Street, East Malvern, clerk, was admitted to Royal Melbourne Hospital suffering from the bite of a snake which he believed to be of the brown species, the only serum available was against tiger snake bite, according to evidence at an inquest today.

Hewett died at Royal Melbourne Hospital on January 6, and the Coroner (Mr Tingate) found that death was due to snakebite.

Evidence was given that Hewett was bitten on December 30 while on holiday at Portsea. He was treated by Dr Thomas Carlyle Camm, of Sorrento, and later taken to hospital.

Dr. Camm said in evidence that the wound was only superficial and was on the right instep.etc.

(P.4, The Herald, 12-2-1936.)

This is Dr Camm's death record.

CAMM Thomas Carlyle Leichardt, Death

mother: Annie Louise nee BROWN

father: CAMM Thomas Cornelius

places of birth and death:Berwick, Melbourne

83, 1963, 4461/1963

This is his mother's fascinating obituary. At the time of her death in 1915, Dr Camm was in Sydney.

But apparently not in 1919 when he was fighting the Spanish Flu. I wondered if he was the Sorrento doc.

At the Brunswick Council on Monday night voluminous reports were received in regard to the Broadmeadows Hospital* from Dr. Camm, Medical Superintendent : from Matron Eastman: and from J. B. Rendle, secretary. The total number of patients was 558, of whom 356 were from Brunswick. There were 314 discharges and 44 deaths. 20 being of Brunswick patients.(P.3, The Brunswick and Coburg Leader, 11-7-1919.)

*Schools were converted into hospitals, but there were none large enough near Broadmeadows, so the Broadmeadows Army Camp was used.


1904. Dr Camm, apparently directed to do so by his superior sends away a mentally ill Chinese patient (standard practice today) and is dismissed. Patients strongly show the appreciation of his medical attention.

1908 SYDNEY. MR, JAMES LUXFORD AND FAMILY, of Dunheved, St. Marys, desire to return their heartfelt thanks to kind friends for letters, telegrams, cards of condolence and wreaths, or in any way sympathised with them in their sad bereavement; and Mrs Nichols, of Llandilo, for her kindness and attention; and more especially to Dr C. Camm, who was in constant attendance during Mrs Luxford's illness, for kindness and close attention—he did all in his power, but when the Lord calls none on earth can save.(P.4, Nepean Times, 7-3-1908.)

1911-12. HEATHCOTE.

1915. In Sydney when his mother dies.


By arrangement between the Governments of Tasmania and Victoria. Drs. C. Camm and Hislop send six nurses left by the liner Frankfurt for Tasmania on Thursday morning to supplement the staff engaged in the treatment of influenza cases. Six more nurses will leave by the Botomahana to-day.


1925. Appointed to honorary staff at Launceston Hospital.

1927. At Sorrento and already heavily involved in the golf club.

1952. Last mention of Dr. or Carlyle Camm re surgery at cnr. Fourth Avenue, Rosebud in partnership with Dr Thompson.

LET'S END AT THE VERY BEGINNING, A VERY STRANGE PLACE TO END. (So I'd better find another ending and Florence Camm provided that!)

1884. Golden wedding of Dr Camm's paternal grandparents. His father was a teacher at Berwick.

CAMM Thomas Carlyle Leichardt, Birth

mother: Ann Louisa nee BROWN, father:Thomas Corneli

BERW, 1879, 718/1879

Dr Camm might have married in Western Australia or New South Wales and his only son, John Carlyle "JOCK" Camm, (married in 1933 AND 1945) might have been born and died interstate as well.

MISS FLORENCE CAMM was also involved with golf at Sorrento and may have been a descendant of Robert, brother of Dr Camm, mentioned in the obituary of Dr. Camm's mother in 1915, at that time residing in Western Australia. She had a busy time in 1937, winning a handicap event at Sorrento, paying a visit to HER PARENTS (wonder why!) and being the sole bridesmaid at the wedding of her sister Louise at Hawthorn. Their father was Mr. R. H. J. Camm. (PHOTO.)

The article was in a South Australian paper because this Hawthorn is a suburb of Adelaide where Florence's father obviously lived.

Golf and bridesmaiding weren't her only talents though.

She was also a talented illustrator. Princess Elizabeth was a fan.

No wonder I couldn't find a marriage record for Florence in Victorian BDM.

Miss Florence Camm, third daughter of Mr. R. H. J. Camm. oi Palmer place, North Adelaide, whose marriage with Mr. Duncan Ensor. third son of Mr.and Mrs. Hugh Ensor, of Rakahuri.Rangiora. New Zealand, will be celebrated next month at St. Mary's Church. Christchurch (N.Z.)

Florence got around at least as much as the Doc. And the funny thing is that Florence and Louise, having married brothers, were not only sisters but sisters in law!

After a holiday in Victoria, where she stayed in Portsea, Melbourne and Heidelberg,Mrs. R. J. H. Camm has returned to Palmer place,North Adelaide.

I wonder if Dr. Camm and R.J.H.Camm had married sisters!


I am not writing this for Roma or her brother, because they probably already know most of the fascinating story. However the story will be of interest to descendants of the families named and former residents of the places named.

I administer a Facebook group related to the history of Tullamarine. Roma, already a member of the Tullamarine Primary School Past Students and Staff group asked to be admitted to my group. In her first post she stated that her family lived at Tullamarine for about thirty years and her father had served in W.W.1.

Her parents were Alfred and Marjorie (Peggy)Griffiths but a trove search for Griffiths, Tullamarine produced no results and my many Broadmeadows, Keilor and Bulla rates transcriptions had to be circular filed when I moved to Rosebud. Luckily some of these rate details had been recorded in my DICTIONARY HISTORY OF TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND (1989-1998) and TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT* (1998).
* The file was sent to Roma and while she has contributed most of the story, there was something in my book that she lacked, a photo of the former Beech Tree Hotel.
We are so thrilled --- ---- having a Picture of our old Homestead! After we sold both homes & acres, never saw our Home/Hotel again! We could picture everything in our minds, but needed photo

Thank You so much, Appreciated xxx

In 1930, A.Gillis had been assessed on 27 acres in sections 6/7 of the parish of Tullamarine. In 1960, the same land had been acquired for the jetport from Griffiths, actually 26 acres, as shown by a c.1960 map showing acquisitions, supplied to me by the Federal Airports Corporation (or Department of Civil Aviation). This map was not circular-filed and should be at the Hume Global Learning Centre with much of my other material. The land had been purchased from John Pascoe Fawkner in 1851 by John Beech who built the Beech Tree Hotel almost opposite the current northern 20 metres of the Melrose Drive frontage of the Melrose Drive Reserve. Beech's original hotel was destroyed by fire but was soon replaced. The replacement operated until about 1913 when many hotels were being closed by the authorities. The closed hotel's billiard room served as a venue for farewells to the men heading off to W.W.1. It served as the homestead of Alfred Griffiths' land until he built another house next door and leased the former hotel on two and a half acres to Tomic and Barbakiw sometime before Keilor's 1956-7 assessment.

When Roma saw this information, she told me that A.Gillis was one of her ancestors and the Gillis family had been among the pioneers of Trentham. Aaaron Gillis was born at Blue Mountain which was the name given to the Diggings before the name Trentham was first used.

I'd confirmed that Roma's parents had been pioneers of Tullamarine but I couldn't identify Alfred's war record. With information supplied by Roma, I have now been able to do so.

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Roma Griffiths, has provided vital clues that now allow me to identify her father's W.W.1 service record. Alfred (living at Aspendale) had a son named Clem, a policeman, who was dating Marjorie Ewart's younger sister (one of the twins I have mentioned.) If I could find Clem's birth record, I might find the name of Alfred's first wife.
GRIFFITHS Clement Gordon, Birth
mother: Annie nee SHEPPARD, father: Alf
CARLTON, 1914, 29577/1914

I think the article* about Marjorie stated that Alfred died in 1960 but that was probably a guess. When I first tried to find Alfred's service record, I was not aware of his marital status, let alone the name of his wife (Clem's mother.)
Written in the Ballan Times in 2011 after Roma's mother celebrated her 100th birthday: scanned by Roma.

Regimental number241 Place of birthHaverfordwest Wales ReligionChurch of England OccupationJockey Marital statusMarried Age at embarkation22 Next of kinWife, Mrs Annie Emily Griffiths, 23 George Street, Fitzroy, Victoria Enlistment date27 January 1915 Rank on enlistmentPrivate Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters and Machine Gun Section Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A34 Persic on 28 May 1915 Rank from Nominal RollPrivate Unit from Nominal Roll13th Light Horse Regiment FateReturned to Australia 27 April 1919 Miscellaneous information from
cemetery recordsPlaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance Date of death17 November 1961

GRIFFITHS.— On the 4th June, .at the Austin Hospital, Annie Emily, the dearly beloved wife of Alfred Griffiths, of Point Nepean-road, Aspendale, and loving mother of Clement G., aged 40 years. (P.1, The Age, 5-6-1933.)
GRIFFITHS Annie Emily, Death
mother: Emily nee LOVELL, father: SHEPPARD George
place of death:HEIDELBERG, 40, 1933, 4437/1933

EWART Marj Cath Marriage GRIFFITHS, Alfd 1936, 10298/1936

GRIFFITHS, Clement Gordon, Marriage
EWART, Nancy Lilian, 1937, 6661/1937

GRIFFITHS Alfred, Death
mother:Sarah nee CRABB, father: GRIFFITHS Richard place of death:FOOTSCRAY, 69, 1961, 23064/1961

As only one image can be attached to a journal, I am unable to attach the photo of the former Beech Tree Hotel mentioned above and scans that Roma has provided of the 2011 article about her mum's story and the historical society article about the Ewarts. I may be able to find a link for the latter, but if not I will write a summary of the information they contain.

The Mooroobool News, August 9, 2011.
(An attempt to access the article online via failed. Two errors have been found, Marjorie's birth place and the year of Alfred's death and will be explained at the end of the article.)

VALE Marjorie Catherine Griffiths 29 April 1910-15 June 2011.
Marjorie (Peggy)Griffiths nee Ewart achieved a great many things in her life. She was born in Trentham* although (sic) was proud of her Irish ancestry which included the Ewarts of Yarra Glen and originally of the Ewarts' Belfast Linen Company in Ireland.

Peggy was married to Alfred Griffiths who was a First World War veteran. He was often ill and a great deal of labour on the couple's Tullamarine farm was done by Peggy. Life must have been tough for Peggy as the main bread winner, wife and mother. She operated a chicken farm which also had a range of other animals. It was located in Bulla Road, Tullamarine for 30** years.

Later the Jetport bought out the farm and the family moved to the Footscray area. Peggy bought an old mansion at 24 Pickett Street, Footscray around 1959.She also ran a milk bar in Buckingham Street, Footscray. Daughter Roma said the stables and outbuildings of their home were demolished and her mother sub-contracted the construction of four units. Alfred Griffiths passed away in 1960***, leaving Peggy to raised Roma and her brother Peter, now Dr. Peter Griffiths of Riddell's**** Creek. (Roma explained)"We were only children as my mother gave birth to my brother and me towards 40; she was too busy working," she said.

In about 1961, Peggy demolished the family home and the astute business-woman again sub-contracted construction, this time building home units on the site. These buildings are still standing.

One of Peggy's main contacts in this era was Graeme Rayner*****, (now Rayner Real Estate, Bacchus Marsh.) Another contact was Alan Mance of Alan Mance Holden who remembered Peggy well. Roma said that Peggy bought a new car each year from Alan Mance. "I know mum was remembered fondly by Alan, as you only went to Alan Mance for cars. About eight years ago, Alan was astounded that I was Mum's daughter and asked for her phone number. He rang her for Christmas. He also said it was people like Mum who got him started years ago, much to my amazement."

Roma said her mother had a block of land at Blackwood***** which she considered to be the gateway to the local area. Roma said that the land is beautiful and had a special place in my Mum's heart.

"Many people are amazed at the achievements Mum accomplished on her own," Roma said, and pointed out that in the era of her prime, it was uncommon for women to lead a wheeling and dealing life. Peggy returned home to live with daughter Roma after a short illness but passed away peacefully only two days later.

Too often 50% of the pioneers are ignored when history is written but not so in Elizabeth McMcMeekin's THOSE COURAGOUS HARDY WOMEN, about her pioneering female relatives near Sorrento and it is good to see Roma following Elizabeth's example! Peggy was both courageous and hardy.

* Marjorie was not born in Trentham. It needs to be explained why she was born at Warburton* and how she and Albert became acquainted.

EWART Marjorie Catherine Gillis, Birth
mother:EWART, Margaret Isabel nee GILLIS
father: EWART, James,
place of birth:Warburton
1910, reg. no.15481/1910

Marjorie had two younger sisters, twins, Betty and Nancy Lillian, born in 1916.
EWART.—On the ??th January, at Nurse Basser's private hospital, 45 Drummond street, Carlton, to Mr. and Mrs. Ewart, Warburton, twins (daughters). (P.11, Argus, 12-2-1916.)

It was Marjorie's mother who was born at Trentham.

EWART Margaret Isobel, Death
mother: Mary Catherine nee MCALPINE
father: GILLIS Aaron
place of birth:Trentham*, place of death:Footscray
75, 1963, 22081/1963

* But the birth record states BLUE MOUNTAIN!

Registration number 860 / 1889
Family name:GILLIS, Given name(s) Margt Isabella
Place of event: BLUE MOUNTAIN, Australia
Personal detail
Mother's name Mary Kate
Mother's family name at birth MCALPINE
Father's Name: Aaron

Trentham | Victorian Places
The diggings were also known as Blue Mountain.

** Aaron Gillis (father of Peggy's mother as shown by the above records) was occupying part of John Beech's 1851 purchase (See lot 11 on the attached map) in 1930 so the 30 year occupancy would probably have that as the starting point.

***The reporter was probably told "about" 1960. Alfred's death record can be seen in BOLD ITALICS immediately before Peggy's obituary. That would explain why Peggy had subdivided the old mansion's stables and outbuildings soon after buying the property but did not demolish the home until "about" 1961, probably soon after Albert's death.

**** Riddell's Creek is named after John Carre Riddell (from whom the creek and town's names came)who was granted sections 15 and 6 whose eastern boundary was Broadmeadows Rd (now Mickleham Rd.)As Bulla Rd was proclaimed after the parish of Tullamarine was surveyed small portions of Riddell's grants were cut off as was the north east corner of Fawkner's section 7, so the two swapped these cut-off corners so that all of Fawkner's estate was on the Keilor side of the road and Riddell's Camiestown Estate was on the Broadmeadows side. John Beech's purchase and Alfred and Peggy's farm were at the south west corner of Riddell's section 6.

***** Graeme Rayner was probably related to Jack Rayner and his wife Grace, of Blackwood, old identities of the town with a great interest in its history, about whom Margot Hitchcock, Blackwood's historian, could tell you plenty.

information from Lilydale Historical Society (Roma's scan.)
John Ewart died in 1892. He was the son of William Ewart, founder of a famous linen manufacturing firm in Ireland. In 1837, he married Catherine Morrison in Belfast and in 1842 they arrived in Melbourne in 1842 with fellow passengers Lithgow and Blair. John explored some 40 miles up the Yarra where he built a home naming it Belfast Cottage. As more settlers arrived, he built a store, post office and the Home Hotel at today's Launching Place which was originally known as Ewart. Their son, David, the first to settle in the Don Valley, married Molly Landers.

Peggy's parents married in 1909.
EWART Jas Marriage GILLIS, Margt Isabel 1909 6501/1909
On the basis that most men were married in their mid to late 20's I searched for his birth record between 1870 and 1890, producing two results and this would most likely be it.

EWART James Birth, mother:Catherine nee MORISON, father: David
HEAL(ESVILLE), 1882, 3211/1882

As Don Road is at Healeville, I presume that the the father was the first settler in the Don Valley. I don't think that he married his mother! The above article states that he married Molly Landers so I think this would be the correct marriage record for the parents of Peggy's father.

Event: marriages Registration number 3484 / 1867 Family name:EWART Given name(s)David
Spouse's family name:LANDERS Spouse's given name(s)Annie

James may have died at the aged care home at Cheltenham (known as the Kingston Centre since the 1970's) in 1963. He might have become disabled by an injury or senile decay because Roma didn't remember him.

EWART James, Death, mother:Annie nee LAUNDER (LANDERS?), father:EWART David
born:Launching Place, died:Cheltenham, no spouse at death recorded, 82, 1963, 10414/1963
His spouse (from above). She may have been living with Peggy and Roma:
EWART Margaret Isobel, Death
mother: Mary Catherine nee MCALPINE
father: GILLIS Aaron
place of birth:Trentham*, place of death:Footscray
75, 1963, 22081/1963
No lollies for the Victorian BDM typists!

The Essendon Hotel was directly over Mt Alexander Rd from the east end of Keilor Rd, in Melway 28F1, immediately south of the old water reserve, Woodlands Park. Its most famous licensee was the famous John Coleman. By the 1970's it was renamed De Marco's after great sponsors of the Doutta Stars Football Club at that time. Later it was renamed The Grand as shown in my 1999 edition of Melway.

Roma Griffiths. If you want a photo of the hotel as it looked in 1931, scan page 67 of THE STOPOVER THAT STAYED: A HISTORY OF ESSENDON by Grant Aldous. The original hotel had stood for 83 years until plans to rebuild the hotel were lodged in 1936, by the owner, Hancock.

The McGaurans of Traralgon had bought the hotel in early 1927 but were soon sprung for having the bar open out of hours.

In November 1928, application was made to transfer the licence from Kathleen McGauran to Margaret I. Ewart.

The hotel was obviously sold (by the McGaurans?*) to Hancock by or at the start of 1936 and at the end of January 1936, Mary Kate Gillis applied to transfer the licence to Albert Richard Hancock.

No record of a sale of the hotel by John McGauran has been found but by November 1929 he was back at Traralgon and applying to modernise its Grand Junction Hotel, so it is likely that Aaron Gillis had bought the hotel from the McGaurans at the end of 1928 and sold it to Hancock in 1936.

I, Margaret Isabel Ewart the holder of a victualler's licence for the Essendon Hotel at Mt Alexander road, Essendon in the Essendon Licenslng District and I, Mary Kate Gillis, of the Essendon Hotel, Mt Alexander road Essendon, hereby give notice that we will APPLY to the Licensing Court of Melbourne on Monday the 21st
day of December 1931 for the TRANSFER of the LICENCE to the said Mary Kate Gillis.Dated the 10th day of December 1931
MARY KATE GILLIS (P.17, Argus, 12-12-1931, last column.)

We know that Margaret Ewart was the wife of James Ewart and the mother of Peggy Ewart. Margaret may have been in much the same position as Peggy, supporting herself by this time. Roma wouldn't believe me when I told her that James Ewart had died in 1963, the same year as Margaret, because she didn't even remember him. But soon afterwards, memories came flooding back and Roma wrote:
"Omg I'm starting to recall his passing! Family rushing to his bedside in Cheltenham 1963! Ancestry just asked me to sign in again! 😡😡 My mother never went near him*, as I previously said, lived most of her life with Aaron & Kate Gillis. Fancy me forgetting! Nan lived opposite us in Footscray, 17 Pickett street. We cared for her a lot. Lady of means, no pension, from Aaron Gillis xx
Margaret Isabel Ewart, 41 years, of
Mount Alexander-road, Essendon, sought
divorce from James Ewart: 47 years of
Merriwagga (N.S.W.); laborer, on the
ground of desertion. The parties were
married on 12th August, 1909, at Colling-
wood, and there were five children. A
decree, nisi was granted, with costs .
(P.7, The Age, 17-7-1930.)

Where does Mary Kate Gillis fit into the picture? McAlpine is already in the surnames list. I believe this is her death record. Gordon is a decent training run north of Ballan and linked to Blackwood by a very old track shown in Melway 527 CD3.

GILLIS Mary Catherine Death
mother: Isabella nee GARNER, father: MCALPINE James
born:GORDON, died:COBURG, 84, 1954, 8212/1954

Mary Kate was the wife of Aaron Gillis!

GILLIS Aaron Marriage MCALPINE, Mary Kate 1888 5386/1888

To be continued gillis/ cusack, roma named after a clydesdale champion but it could have been WEDDING GLIDE, aaron's last residence & probable reason, launching place originally called ewart etc


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Mrs F. Kavanagh writes: - In answer to paragraph, "J.M.C.." I landed in June,'40, by the Andromache. It was the first vessel that sailed direct from Plymouth to Port Phillip, as it was then called. I think I can claim to be the oldest colonist living, as I have written recollections of my life in the colony. If you desire further Information by calling at my address. 8 Leeds street. Footscray. I am now close on eighty years of age. (P.3, The Herald, 11-12-1900.)

If this claim about arriving in June 1840 was true, it would be worth boasting about in a family history but there were certain unknowns that made it difficult to find proof. Was F the first letter of her name or her husband's? I gambled that her name was Frances when I read the following.

W. F. Murphy - Lists - Trove
Pertains to William Francis Murphy, son of William Emmett Murphy and Frances (born Kavanagh, 1849, Victorian colony ), daughter of Plenty River publicans, Moses and Frances Kavanagh [born Brady].

Kavanagh's had arrived in the colony early.

They organised Boxing Day races at the Plenty River - a way of encouraging visitors to the business, had a blacksmithy and wheelwright in the backyard (road described by Howitt as a shocker) ran the first district P.O., (Immigration records say illiterate!) and were involved in the Anti- Transportation movement in Victoria.

The family moved to Oxford street Collingwood to the "Oxford Arms". Moses died young.

Moses' will makes a point of directing funds to the education of the children.

A son of Frances and Moses, Moses Joseph, claims to have been the jockey who rode "Tory Boy" to victory in the Melbourne Cup.

The grandmother Frances K [born Brady] was heavily involved in the fundraising for the Abbosford convent, and must have had a substantial role in raising her Murphy grandchildren when their mother, Frances, died with 3 under 6.

Moses Cavanagh 25 hus, 4 f, Farm Servant Wexford RC neither, came Jun 1840 on the Andromache
Frances Cavanagh 20 wife of Moses, 4 f, Dairymaid Wexford RC neither, came Jun 1840 on the Andromache
Daniel Cavanagh 2 son of Moses, 4 f, Wexford RC, came Jun 1840 on the Andromache
Moses Cavanagh and Frances Brady, baptised Hugh 1841, Catherine died 1844, Moses 1846
Moses Kavenagh - Kavanagh Letters at Post Office Jan 1847

*Moses died in 1856 at Collingwood, aged 42, his place of birth being recorded as WEX and the name of his spouse given as BRADY, Frances Agnes. (The Victorian BDM index gives the details not shown below!)
Registration number151 / 1856
Family name:KAVANAGH
Given name(s)Moses
Personal detail
Mother's name
Mother's family name at birth
Father's Name:, Daniel

The death notice DID NOT APPEAR AS A RESULT in a search for KAVANAGH 1856 but the Murphy researcher had found it.
On the 7th inst., at his residence, Oxford Arms, Oxford-street, Collingwood, Moses Kavenagh, aged forty-two years ; deeply regretted by a numerous circle of friends. (P.4, Argus, 8-3-1856.)

Frances applied for probate of the will on 20-3-1856

Mrs F.Kavanagh died in 1909.
KAVANAGH Frances, Death
mother:, Unknown UNKNOWN
father: , Brady
place of death:Melb W
spouse at death:
89, 1909, 13548/1909

KAVANAGH.—On the 16th October, at the residence of her son-in-law Mr. M. Bourke, 124 Roden-street, West Melbourne, Mrs. Frances Kavanagh, beloved mother of Mrs S. Bourke, Mrs. Mawson and J.Kavanagh*, aged 90 years. A colonist of 70 years.
Interred privately. May her soul rest in peace. (P.1, The Age, 19-10-1909.)

*J.Kavanagh would be Moses Joseph Kavanagh, the jockey referred to above: A son of Frances and Moses, Moses Joseph, claims to have been the jockey who rode "Tory Boy" to victory in the Melbourne Cup.

Frances had sought information about his whereabouts while running the Oxford Arms at Collingwood. It seems that he was 102 in about 1933, according to an article about the SMITH FAMILY, a charitable organisation supported by a women's group, the View Club, nowadays. He was in N.S.W. at the time and had been at the hospital for 23 years.

THE WEEK IN SYDNEY. One of the finest institutions in our city is that known as the "Smith Family Joyspreaders Unlimited," and
one of its functions is to spread cheer in a practical manner to inmates of hospitals and various other institutions, State-owned and otherwise. Recently a large party, consisting of 30 girls, visited the Lidcombe State Hospital, and all were introduced to the oldest in-mate, Moses Joseph Kavanagh, who claims to be 102, and who said he was born in Melbourne and was the first horse trainer to take racehorses to Tasmania*. He could not give the exact date of his first such venture, though he truly said he had been an inmate of the hospital for 23 years. (P.4, Advocate, Burnie, 18-1-1933.)

* to compete, not to start the breeding of thoroughbreds as might be assumed. James Purves, prominent in Turf circles in Victoria (along with the Yuilles etc.) had probably, with others, started breeding thoroughbreds in Van Diemen's Land before he became an overstraiter in about 1837.